The Beatles

The Beatles in 1966: Paul McCartney (left), Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison

The Beatles in 1966 | Chris Walter/WireImage

One of history’s greatest music groups, the Beatles, took the world by storm in the 1960s. The Liverpool band’s domination began when a surprise hit captured ears and hearts.

A fresh-faced John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr released their debut single, “Love Me Do,” in 1962. It performed shockingly well. Then came “Please Please Me.” The single topped the U.K. charts, and Beatlemania spread across England.

From there, the Fab Four launched the British Invasion, taking over American pop charts in 1964 with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The ensuing years saw hit after hit, including “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Help,” “Yesterday,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” and “Come Together,” the last off arguably the Beatles’ best album, Abbey Road.

But more than 10 years and 21 studio albums after Lennon formed the band, it dissolved. When all was said and done, the Beatles boasted 34 Top 10 hits and 20 number-one singles on the Billboard charts, a record that still stands.

  • Years active: 1960-1970
  • Hometown: Liverpool, England
  • Members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
  • Genres: Rock, pop
  • Top tracks/albums: “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Help,” “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” Abbey Road
  • Fun fact: The Beatles recorded their debut album, Please Please Me, in only 10 hours.
  • If you like this artist, you’ll also like: The Beach Boys, Bee Gees, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, the Zombies

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